355:201 Research in the Disciplines

Rutgers University Writing Program 201: Research and Writing in the Disciplines Course List Spring 2016   Register for a topic of study related to your major or...

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355:201 Research in the Disciplines

Rutgers University Writing Program

201: Research and Writing in the Disciplines

Course List

Spring 2016

 

Register for a topic of study related to your major or personal interest, develop your own research question within that topic, and learn the process of researching, writing and revising a 10-12 page analytic research paper.  

 

The class meets core requirements for most schools at RU, and will help you gain valuable expertise in your topic area, learn how to do scholarly research, and improve your writing and revision abilities.

 

For more information, visit the Writing Program website at wp.rutgers.edu, or contact Lynda Dexheimer, 201 Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

SAS Students: 201 is Core certified for both the Revision-Based (WCr) and the Discipline-Based (WCd) Writing & Communication goals.

SEBS Students: 201 meets Core Curriculum Requirements in Area VI: Oral and Written Communication

Other Students: 201 meets requirements for most schools at RU.  Please check with your advisor.

Transfer Students:  If you did not take Expository Writing at RU, you must register for 301, which is designed for transfer students, rather than 201. 

 

 

 

College Avenue

 

COMMUNICATION IN THE DIGITAL AGE

355:201:04 13326         T3 (11:30 – 12:50)           SC-102 CAC                           INSTRUCTOR: D. LALLAS

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

 

Texts. Emails. Facebook. Twitter. Linkedin. G-chat. Skype. The way we communicate has changed over time and the channels of communication seem to be ever increasing.  This course gives students an opportunity to research and explore changes in communication in the context of the digital age.  Examples of research options include topics such as the changes in language attributable to increased electronic communication, the loss of a message's meaning on social media, the importance of (or lack thereof) body language in communication, and the effects of increased connectivity on communication. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON LIVINGSTON CAMPUS.

  

SCIENCE, MEDICINE & SOCIETY

355:201:05 11779         T4 (1:10-2:30)                   FH-B2 CAC                          INSTRUCTOR: D. LALLAS

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

 

“Science, Medicine, and Society” focuses on ethical, social, and political controversies in a variety of medical and health fields.  Research topics include biomedical engineering, nursing, pharmaceutical and insurance industries, health care, mental illness, alternative and experimental healing techniques, hospice, hospitals, and midwives.  Students can also study aspects of medical training and the doctor-patient relationship. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON LIVINGSTON AND BUSCH CAMPUSES.

 

VIOLENCE, VILLAINS, AND HEROES ON TV

355:201:06 05151         W4 (1:10-2:30)                   FH-A4 CAC                            INSTRUCTOR: M. DUFFY

 

Walter White. Cersei Lannister. Tony Soprano. Dwight K. Schrute. We love antiheros, and we love to watch them be bad. The recent Golden Age of Television has given rise to a number of characters that fascinate us with their depravity. Beginning with readings from Chuck Klosterman’s I Wear the Black Hat and Maggie Nelson’s The Art of Cruelty, students will develop an original research project that deals with questions such as: Why do we root for the villain? How are flaws more relatable than virtues, and what does that say about contemporary morality? Is the experience of violence and evil in entertainment dangerous, or a necessary release?

 

COLLEGE!

355:201:07 10385         T6 (4:30 – 5:50)                 SC-214  CAC                           INSTRUCTOR: M. GOELLER

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

 

This course explores the changing meaning of college in America, with a focus on the increasing privatization of public education.  Research topics might include the rising costs of college and matching student debt, the disconnect between student life and academics, the stressful competition for admission to the most selective schools, the expense of remedial education, the rise of big time college sports as a revenue stream, the history of student protest movements, the role of fraternities and sororities, and the complex relationship between faculty and corporations. As part of the class, students will be required to conduct at least one primary source interview that is appropriate to their projects. This is a hybrid course with meetings one day each week supplemented by online activities, which will include keeping a research blog and participating in online discussion forums.

  

CELEBRITY

355:201:08 11780         TH3 (11:30 – 12:50)       SC-221 CAC                           INSTRUCTOR: A. BOUHLAS

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

 

The idea of celebrity began in the ancient world with powerful Greek and Roman gods and goddesses.  Celebrity grew to include Olympic athletes, gladiators, mighty warriors, rulers, and religious figures such as saints and martyrs.  Mass media have greatly expanded the list of celebrities to include the famous, not so famous, and the infamous.  Possible topics include the cult of celebrity, celebrity culture, privacy, movie stars, heroes, athletes, royalty, daredevils, fictional characters, nonebrities (the famous for being famous), religious and political leaders, judges, chefs, artists, and entertainers.   Inanimate objects like bridges, buildings, monuments, mountains, museums, and cities can also achieve celebrity status and hold a place in our imaginations.

  

JUSTICE IN POPULAR CULTURE

355:201:09 08347         TH3 (11:30 – 12:50)       MU-114 CAC                         INSTRUCTOR: M. OLTARZEWSKI

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

 

The Good Wife. Scandal. Pretty Little Liars. Serial. Orange is the New Black. This course will explore our culture's fascination with crime, law enforcement, and the justice system.  Students will discuss and research the glamorization of the pursuit of justice, and the link between law and entertainment as seen in novels and "true crime" literature, films, theater, television, and news media.  A wide variety of topics will be examined and analyzed, but students are encouraged to come to class with their own viewpoints on crime and punishment, as they have been presented in today's culture and throughout history.

  

CONSPIRACY THEORIES

355:201:A2 16405        MW2 (9:50 – 11:10)        FH-A2   CAC                           INSTRUCTOR: M. DUFFY

 

JFK. Roswell. The Moon Landing. People seem to love a good conspiracy theory. Conspiracy narratives are important precisely because of the intense level of belief or disbelief that they provoke. By putting aside judgment as to whether a particular conspiracy theory is true or false, students will analyze just why certain conspiracy theories catch on so quickly and stay around for so long. Over the course of the semester, students will choose a specific conspiracy theory and examine its significance: What are the meaning-making structures that make it click? Why does it have such a hold on the popular imagination? What does this say about people who “want to believe,” as the X-Files put it? What does this say about those who refuse to believe? How do new conspiracy theories develop and what determines their future level of popularity?

 

REBELS: CAUSE OR NOT?

355:201:A3 00206        MTH2 (9:50 – 11:10)     FH-B5 CAC                            INSTRUCTOR: P. MORRONE

 

Historically, the term “Rebel” has embodied a controversial connotation. From one perspective, rebels have functioned as ethical voices of resistance to challenge existing power structures to ignite cultural and political progression; while alternatively, rebels have performed as outlaw deviants operating on the margins of society. This course investigates Rebels, in their myriad forms, and analyzes theories and case studies of resistance, while devoting specific attention to the often problematic and contradictory relationship between cultural challenges and political change. Ranging from civil rights leaders (Henry David Thoreau, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X), feminists (Mary Wollstonecraft, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Emily Dickinson), artists (Jackson Pollack and Jean-Michel Basquiat), cultural/iconic figures and vigilantes (Robin Hood and Batman), punk and rap musicians (Minor Threat and Tupac), counter-culture representatives (The Beat Generation), professional athletes (Jackie Robinson), militants (Che Guevara and the French Resistance of World War II), and any voice contesting forms of discrimination and inequality, “Rebels: Cause or Not?”, explores how individuals and social groups have used, and continue to implement, culture as a weapon of resistance.

 

NUTRITION AND EXERCISE SCIENCE

355:201:A4 13945        MTH2 (9:50 – 11:10)     HH-B6 CAC                           INSTRUCTOR: L. GOLDEN

 

This course gives students an opportunity to research nutrition and exercise strategies for optimal wellness.  Research options include topics such as training techniques; sports pedagogy; training and diet for athletes; diet and/or exercise as treatment for or prevention of disease; nutrition and exercise for pregnant women; childhood obesity; occupational therapy; physical therapy; sports medicine; weight management; eating disorders; food insecurity; etc.

 

AMERICA AT WAR

355:201:A6 06494        MTH3 (11:30 – 12:50)  HH-B3 CAC                           INSTRUCTOR: P. HERMAN

 

War is a funny thing.  It seems as though everything we do in America has a war connected to it.  We go to war against drugs and cancer and poverty and terrorism and crime and birth control and the middle class and labor and women and Christmas, and this doesn't even mention the wars of Revolution or 1812 or Civil or Spanish-American or I and II  ....  you get the idea.  In this course you will explore and develop a special interest in the theme of war, and research and write about a particular kind of active hostility or contention between living beings, opposing forces, or principles.  But is war a funny thing?  Come explore the tragedy or the humor, and perhaps even both, of America at War.

  

STORIES WE TELL

355:201:A7 13835        MTH3 (11:30– 12:50)   HH-A2 CAC                           INSTRUCTOR: D. KEATES

 

What’s your personal narrative? What are the stories you tell and listen to that make you who you are? Storytelling shapes identity and can be first-person accounts about relationships, honoring the dead, journeys, adventures, faith, politics and accomplishments. It is also living history as in the thousands of stories that make a culture’s collective identity. Storytelling is digital, written, oral, image, song and dance and never before have so many diverse fields used the power of the story in their work. Storytelling played a role in evolution, and today is practiced at every cultural level, from riots in Africa to boardrooms, from the porches of rural America to hospitals, from churches, mosques and temples to the courthouse – and your house. Research topics have included investigating how story relates to voodoo healing, an Indian epic tale, cigarette ad campaigns, Palestinian exile, photos from the civil rights era, classical music, the paintings of Jacob Lawrence, dementia treatment, hip hop dance and chocolate.  Yes, chocolate.

  

EXPLORING ASIA

355:201:B4 13871        MW5 (2:50 – 4:10)           FH-A3 CAC                            INSTRUCTOR: L. SMITH

 

How are the ways that we think about Asia changing in our rapidly transforming world? Contemporary India and China, for example, are among the world's most influential nations economically, technologically, and politically. South Korea is currently a world leader in digital innovation. Human rights issues in India, China, Myanmar, and other Asian countries regularly make headlines in Western media. This course will explore a range of topics relating to the diverse cultures of Asia, both classical and contemporary. Among issues addressed will be globalization, human rights, orientalism, and the relevance of Eurocentric notions of East and West. 

 

BEYOND EAST AND WEST

355:201:B6 10513        MW6 (4:30 – 5:50)           HH-A1 CAC                           INSTRUCTOR: C. JURLANDO

 

The myth of East and West as civilizational rivals was first articulated by the ancient Greeks over two thousand years ago. Finding new life in the wake of the Cold War, it continues to inform political discourse in our so-called “age of terror.” This course will reject this notion of a perennial “clash of civilizations,” and invite students to focus on points of contact, exchange, and encounter at the contestable and ever-shifting boundaries of East and West. Potential research topics include but are in no way limited to: the negotiation of the East/West division in film, sports, literature, marketing, and tourism; interfaith strife and dialogue; piracy, slavery, and religious conversion; philosophical and artistic exchange; historical and contemporary travel writing; mobility and migration; cultural intermediaries both past and present (from sixteenth-century diplomatic translators to M.I.A.); and patterns of linguistic transformation, adoption, and adaptation.

  

THE ENVIRONMENT

355:201:B8 13055        MW7 (6:10 – 7:30)           SC-216 CAC                           INSTRUCTOR: C. JURLANDO

 

Have you heard that by the year 2050 Alaska will no longer have polar bears?  Did you know that Glacier National Park will soon become a park without glaciers?  Did you know that elephants are "cracking up"?  Have you ever considered how Thoreau changed the face of environmental writing, or how Rachel Carson started the environmental movement with her book Silent Spring?  In this course students will explore all things environmental: economics, science, technology, ecology, politics, policy, practice, activism, international relations, energy, and art.

 

FEMINISM FOR EVERYONE

355:201:C2 04154         TF2 (9:50 – 11:10)           FH-A1 CAC                            INSTRUCTOR: A. KING

 

Regardless of age, race, gender, class, or sexual orientation, feminism is relevant to everyone. In this course we will explore the roots of the feminist movement, modern-day issues within feminism, the misconceptions about what it means to be a feminist, and the ways in which feminism is relevant to today’s Rutgers students.  Drawing on a wide range of sources from Mary Wollstonecraft to Sarah Silverman, from blogs to books, from fashion magazines to photographic archives, we will delve into feminism as not just an isolated movement, but one that intersects with myriad modern-day issues in politics, the sciences, sports, the arts, and pop culture.

  

SCIENCE FICTION AND FANSTASY

355:201:C3 11650         TF3 (11:30 – 12:50)        HH-A1 CAC                           INSTRUCTOR: M. CINNIRELLA

 

Elements of science fiction and fantasy stories can be used to dramatize contemporary problems. How does escape into "otherworlds" like Oz or Panem change the dimensions not only of social and psychological identity, but also of broader social and cultural structures such as race, gender, and class? How does painting a speculative framework allow for explorations of uncharted or sensitive concepts? Drawing from Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and beyond, this class will examine the foreign landscapes of Science Fiction and Fantasy where heightened conditions shine a new light on human identity and the perspective of self and society, providing a reflection of new-found knowledge and truth closer to home, in the world we know.

  

FASHION

355:201:D2 02246        TTH5 (2:50 – 4:10)         HH-A5 CAC                           INSTRUCTOR: A. ALTER

 

How did something as essential as clothing evolve into something as frivolous as fashion, constantly changing and regularly discarded? How did the verb "to fashion", which means, "to make," end up as a noun that describes the latest and hottest garment to be worn, a word synonymous with change? This class will explore these questions. We will also examine how fashion is used to define individuals and how fashion is a form of communication and culture with rules, values, and prohibitions. From fashion design and designers, to beauty and marketing, to subcultures and politics, this course will look at fashion as a social and cultural language today. Some possible research topics are: the cultural significance of specific designers; an examination of fashion trends as subculture; or a history of cosmetic use and its evolution in the last 100 years.

 

Busch

 

 

 

CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON GENDER AND HEALTH

355:201:02 15941         T3 (12-1:20)                        ARC-325                                 INSTRUCTOR: B. DE WITTE

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

This course is for students who wish to develop research on how our present-day understandings of sex, gender, and sexuality are shaped and challenged by evolving scientific claims about health and illness. We will read and discuss materials that consider how psychology, psychiatry and medicine have informed, or continue to inform, public opinion about issues such as HIV prevention and treatment, women’s reproductive rights, and transgender identity and reassignment surgery. Students with interests in how this topic is reflected in popular culture, fiction or the arts are most welcome to join.  

  

NEW IMMIGRANT STORIES

355:201:14 16026         TH3 (12-1:30)                    ARC-324 BUSCH                INSTRUCTOR: N. SHIN

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation 

This course will give students the opportunity to focus on "New Immigrant Stories" and reflect upon how processes of globalization and increased mobility shape the way people move within and across nations and build communities. The experience of border crossing will be explored in the context of changes in transportation and communication technology and their effects upon the way people envision lives and relationships across nations and cities. We will use the so-called "Migrant Crisis" as a framing context that invites us to examine border crossing in today's digital age.  

 

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS RELATIONS

355:201:E1 11716         MTH3 (12- 1:20)               ARC-326 BUSCH                INSTRUCTOR: K. YENIYURT

 

This course considers the objectives and strategies of international business in the context of global competition. Student research options include topics such as cross-cultural differences in business practices, international trade differences, outsourcing, the International Monetary System, currency disputes, global competition, trade wars, and the role of organizations such as the United Nations, NAFTA, and the World Trade Organization.

 

SCIENCE, MEDICINE & SOCIETY

355:201:E3 15942         MW5 (3:20-4:40)              ARC-324 BUSCH                INSTRUCTOR:  K. THOMPSON

 

“Science, Medicine, and Society” focuses on ethical, social, and political controversies in a variety of medical and health fields.  Research topics include biomedical engineering, nursing, pharmaceutical and insurance industries, health care, mental illness, alternative and experimental healing techniques, hospice, hospitals, and midwives.  Students can also study aspects of medical training and the doctor-patient relationship. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON COLLEGE AVENUE AND LIVINGSTON CAMPUSES

 

TECHNOLOGY

355:201:E4 16027         MW6 (5 - 6:20)                   ARC-324 BUSCH                INSTRUCTOR: K. THOMPSON

 

Technology sells the promise of doing more and more for us: one million apps and counting; drugs for all problems; TV on demand; self-driving cars; 3D printing; Internet in your glasses; etc. Yet side-by-side with state of the art tech, we find mounting chaos in the United States: government gridlock; epidemic obesity; environmental degradation; privacy invasions; economic stagnation; debt crises, etc. This course offers students the opportunity to read and analyze research that may help connect the dots between the promise and the chaos, to step backstage and ask: Does technical progress really equal human progress? Or is the rising technical order at the expense of human/environmental chaos? Or both? NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON LIVINGSTON CAMPUS.

 

 

HEALTH CARE ETHICS

355:201:E6 11394         W2, 3 (10:20 – 1:20)       ARC-326 BUSCH                INSTRUCTOR: E. HAQQ-STEVENS

This class meets once per week for three hours

 

“Healthcare Ethics” focuses on the how personal, cultural, community and political ethics affect the practice and delivery of healthcare. Research topics include medicine, doctor/nurse patient relationship, mental illness, alternative and experimental healing, western and eastern medicine, nursing, pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering and insurance industries. Students can also study how personal, cultural and religious views influence the practice and delivery of healthcare.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES

355:201:F5 11770         TTH5 (3:20-4:40)            ARC-324 BUSCH                INSTRUCTOR: J. EVANS

 

Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention, and development of policies that help make the home, workplace and public sphere safe. This course allows the student to research the intersection of health concerns with many other disciplines – public policy, psychology, history, sociology and science. The choices for research papers range from family planning to studying infectious disease outbreaks to biochemical terrorist attacks.

 

 

Livingston

 

THE ETHICS OF FOOD

355:201:12 04957         M2 (10:20 – 11:40)          LSH-B112 LIV                     INSTRUTOR: T. BENDER

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

 

"Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food," Michael Pollan advised in his bestselling book, In Defense of Food. In our busy contemporary society, we cram down French fries that don't grow mold if we forget to eat them for a month; foot long sandwiches stuffed with processed meats; fizzy drinks of a dazzling array of colors. This course will explore the ethics of food, in terms of its production and distribution. Possible topics of research include an investigation of the ethics of the fast food industry, genetically modified foods, factory farms, agribusinesses, organic foods, food waste, and the recent increase in interest for local produce in farmers' markets, and rooftop farming in urban areas. PLEASE NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON THE DOUGLASS CAMPUS.

 

COLLABORATION

355:201:15 16048         T3 (12 – 1:20)                     LSH-A121 LIV                     INSTRUCTOR: J. WARREN

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

Why is it that so many great innovations are the result of a dynamic compilation of like-minded individuals? From the prolific songwriting team of John Lennon and Paul McCartney of the Beatles, to the groundbreaking computer developments of Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs of Apple Computers, to the teams of nameless staff writers working to create the next hit television sitcom, there are often two or more architects responsible for the creation. This course will explore how collaboration has impacted the arts, business, education and many other fields.  There will be a particular emphasis on how collaboration impacts technology and how technology, in turn, affects collaboration. Students from any major field of study are welcome to join and are encouraged to work across disciplines with your new creative partners!

 

SCIENCE, MEDICINE, AND SOCIETY

355:201:16 11768         TH5 (3:20 – 4:40)             TIL-123 LIV       INSTRUCTOR: K. WILFORD

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

 

“Science, Medicine, and Society” focuses on ethical, social, and political controversies in a variety of medical and health fields.  Research topics include biomedical engineering, nursing, pharmaceutical and insurance industries, health care, mental illness, alternative and experimental healing techniques, hospice, hospitals, and midwives.  Students can also study aspects of medical training and the doctor-patient relationship. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON BUSCH AND COLLEVE AVENUE CAMPUSES. 

 

LOVE AND SEX

355:201:17 13327         T4 (1:40-3)                           BE-250 LIV                           INSTRUCTOR: N. SHIN

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

 

Most songs, novels, and movies focus on the same theme: love.  How can we define love?  What is the difference between loving someone and being in love?  In this course, students will investigate the ways in which love and sex affect cultural traditions, gender norms, and the human condition.  We will look at controversial issues that arise when people defy, redefine, or revisit cultural and social norms associated with love and sex.  Possible topics include acts of flirtation, gay marriage, public displays of affection, serial killers and necrophilia, sexuality in comic books, female genital mutilation, Internet sex addiction, sexual predators, and pornography. 

 

SCIENCE AND POLITICS

355:201:18  08173        T5 (3:20 – 4:40)                 BE-250                                 INSTRUCTOR: D. BORIE-HOLTZ

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

 

Trying to bring science and politics together may seem as fruitless as trying to mix oil and water.  Yet the emergence of scientific discoveries including technological and engineering advancements, public health achievements in the 21st century, improved environmental awareness, and new medical techniques demands that our political debate no longer be driven by ideology alone. This class will explore the challenges of using social science methods and research that emphasizes science within politically infused discourses more often shaped by social media than by valid data.  Students will learn how to analyze the scholarly debates about how science is used to persuade politicians and inform public policy debates.

 

ISSUES IN EDUCATION

355:201:19 05149         T6 (5 – 6:20)                        TIL-123 LIV                         INSTRUCTOR: C. ROSS

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

 

Education is a hot topic in media discussions, on the campaign trail, and even around the family dinner table because of controversies over issues as diverse as student debt and cyber bullying. This course will cut through the sound bytes to explore real research on important topics such as teacher accountability, tuition hikes, high stakes testing, gender and learning, equality of education, school climate, the technology gap, funding crises, and charter schools, among many others. Students will explore how teaching practices, education policy and pedagogical ideals affect what and how people learn, and how that learning then affects the entire fabric of a society. Are the only options to either join the “Race to Nowhere” or remain “Waiting for Superman”? Come and find out!

 

 CONSPIRACY THEORIES

355:201:20 11764         W3 (12 – 1:20)                    LSH-B110    LIV                     INSTRUCTOR: M. DiGIACOMO

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

 

JFK. Roswell. The Moon Landing. People seem to love a good conspiracy theory. Conspiracy narratives are important precisely because of the intense level of belief or disbelief that they provoke. By putting aside judgment as to whether a particular conspiracy theory is true or false, students will analyze just why certain conspiracy theories catch on so quickly and stay around for so long. Over the course of the semester, students will choose a specific conspiracy theory and examine its significance: What are the meaning-making structures that make it click? Why does it have such a hold on the popular imagination? What does this say about people who “want to believe,” as the X-Files put it? What does this say about those who refuse to believe? How do new conspiracy theories develop and what determines their future level of popularity? 

 

COMMUNICATION IN THE DIGITAL AGE

355:201:21 16067         M7 (6:40 – 8)     TIL-127 LIV                         INSTRUCTOR: M. WAHBA

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

 

Texts. Emails. Facebook. Twitter. Linkedin. G-chat. Skype. The way we communicate has changed over time and the channels of communication seem to be ever increasing.  This course gives students an opportunity to research and explore changes in communication in the context of the digital age.  Examples of research options include topics such as the changes in language attributable to increased electronic communication, the loss of a message's meaning on social media, the importance of (or lack thereof) body language in communication, and the effects of increased connectivity on communication. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON COLLEGE AVENUE CAMPUS.

 

LOVE AND SEX

355:201:22 11978         Th6 (5 – 6:20)                     LSH-A121 LIV                     INSTRUCTOR: A. BOUHLAS

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

 

Most songs, novels, and movies focus on the same theme: love.  How can we define love?  What is the difference between loving someone and being in love?  In this course, students will investigate the ways in which love and sex affect cultural traditions, gender norms, and the human condition.  We will look at controversial issues that arise when people defy, redefine, or revisit cultural and social norms associated with love and sex.  Possible topics include acts of flirtation, gay marriage, public displays of affection, serial killers and necrophilia, sexuality in comic books, female genital mutilation, Internet sex addiction, sexual predators, and pornography. 

  

CONSTRUCTING IDENTITIES

355:201:J1 06766          MW2 (10:20 – 11:40)     BE-221 LIV                           INSTRUCTOR: D. LILLEY

 

Who are you? Is your identity fixed or is it always changing? How much of what makes you “you” comes from how others see you? How does identity intersect with values, beliefs, race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, language, religion, family, music, fashion, history and so on? This course explores multiple and overlapping ways humans perceive themselves, both as individuals and as part of a collective group, and how identity affects people’s lived experiences every day. We will examine the relationship between environment and psychological and biological selves. Possible areas of research include musical preference, fashion style, race relations, self-help books, plastic surgery, and national pride.

  

AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND MEMOIR

355:201:J2 16012          MW3 (12 – 1:20)               LSH-B267 LIV                     INSTRUCTOR: D. LILLEY

 

How do life experiences shape us?  When we write the stories of our lives, why do we choose to construct a particular narrative in place of so many other possible representations of the self?  In this course, we will examine autobiographical modes of reading and writing that focus on the self in historical and cultural contexts.  We will explore the ideological assumptions that underpin how we conceive the nature of the self, as well as the identity politics that inform the ways in which we understand the deceptively simple question: Who am I?

 

PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES

355:201:J3 10690          MTH2 (10:20 – 11:40)                    TIL-105 LIV               INSTRUCTOR: L. COOLIDGE

 

Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention, and development of policies that help make the home, workplace and public sphere safe. This course allows the student to research the intersection of health concerns with many other disciplines – public policy, psychology, history, sociology and science. The choices for research papers range from family planning to studying infectious disease outbreaks to biochemical terrorist attacks.

 

THE CHANGING WORKPLACE

355:201:J4 11652          MTH3 (12 – 1:20)             BE-101 LIV                           INSTRUCTOR: D. CANTOR

 

What does it mean to work for a living in twenty-first century America? How do social changes play out in the workplace? How do changes in business practices affect the nation? This course examines the way work affects the employee and how employee concerns impact management. Possible research topics include the move toward consulting, living on minimum wage, gender in the workplace, the decline of labor unions, privacy issues, the global economy, corporate culture, childcare concerns, healthcare, retirement benefits, job security, sexual harassment, discrimination, outsourcing, small business, trade agreements, and government regulations.

  

SCIENCE, MEDICINE AND SOCIETY

355:201:J5 13054          MTH3 (12 – 1:20)             TIL-252 LIV                         INSTRUCTOR: J. WARREN

 

“Science, Medicine, and Society” focuses on ethical, social, and political controversies in a variety of medical and health fields.  Research topics include biomedical engineering, nursing, pharmaceutical and insurance industries, health care, mental illness, alternative and experimental healing techniques, hospice, hospitals, and midwives.  Students can also study aspects of medical training and the doctor-patient relationship. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON COLLEGE AVENUE AND BUSCH CAMPUSES.

 

JUSTICE AND THE LAW

355:201:J6 16013          MTH3 (12 – 1:20)             TIL-103D LIV                      INSTRUCTOR: J. BALLINGER

 

Justice, in its most basic sense, can be defined as the fair treatment of people in a civil society through the political enactment, administration, and enforcement of law, which in the United States is embodied by the Constitution. In this course, we will examine the theoretical and practical foundations of justice in our society, especially the “social contract” between the individual and the state. We will analyze the extent to which our government and its legal system have succeeded in upholding the ideals enshrined in the US Constitution.  Possible topics include discrimination and civil rights, the death penalty, abortion, free speech, citizenship, gay rights, affirmative action, voting rights, and the rights of the accused.  

 

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CONFLICT

355:201:K4 02418        MW4 (1:40 – 3)                  LSH-B105 LIV                     INSTRUCTOR: B. FISHER

 

“Can we all get along?” Rodney King touched the soul of the nation in 1992 with this simple but insightful question because it poses fundamental human concerns:  why do we fight with our family, friends, and loved ones?  Why is argument the basis of so much of education and business? Why do gender, class, race, and ethnic groups sometimes fight over core values and backgrounds?  Why do nations go to war?  “Psychology of Conflict” will allow students to address these issues and more.  Conflict may not always lend itself to resolution, but resolution can often be managed.  Investigation of techniques for conflict resolution can provide an additional avenue for student research.

 

TABOOS AND TRANSGRESSIONS

355:201:K5 10538        MW4 (1:40-3)                     BE-121 LIV                           INSTRUCTOR: D. LILLEY

 

What activities are we expected not to entertain publically or even privately?  Sexual deviance, death rituals, illicit drug use—why do certain taboos both appall us and appeal to us at the same time?  And who gets to decide what's forbidden?  In this course we will consider how our ideas of transgressions have changed throughout the years and what new codes of conduct we're expected to abide by today.  Topics of exploration include all things offensive, disobedient, and unmentionable.  

 

SURVEILLANCE AND PRIVACY

355:201:K8 00207        MW5 (3:20 – 4:40)           BE-201 LIV                           INSTRUCTOR: B. FISHER

 

Americans often seem shocked when revelations of government snooping into citizens' phone calls and emails come to light, yet the same Americans are entertained by fictionalized TV intelligence and surveillance thrillers such as "Person of Interest" and "Homeland." Moreover, millions of Americans routinely publish their personal information on Facebook and other social media for the world to see.  What expectations of privacy can we expect in a world in which surveillance has become so easy and so common?  And if the government is collecting data on us, how is this different from the private corporations that do so as well? What is or should be secret today? In this course, students will explore and research the intersection between the reality of surveillance and the changing expectations of privacy.

 

INCARCERATION: THE ERA OF MASS IMPRISONMENT

355:201:K9 13872        MW6 (5 – 6:20)                  LSH-B205 LIV                     INSTRUCTOR: N. TUCKSON

 

The United States has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the Western world: a status gained through tougher drug and sentencing laws in the 1970s that increased the imprisoned population by multiple factors. In this class, we will explore the legal and social phenomena that led to this increase, as well as the responses and alternatives that are being posed. Topics that students can explore in individual research projects include: prison overcrowding, the death penalty, social and educational rehabilitation, the impact of race and class on arrest rates, sentencing reform, the juvenile justice system, the growth of private (for-profit) prisons, lifetime voting bans and/or the social stigmatization of ex-offenders, and myths about imprisonment that may affect social responses to the issue.

 

EXPLORING CHILDHOOD

355:201:M4 04155       TF3 (12 – 1:20)                  LSH-B116 LIV                     INSTRUCTOR: L. SCHMID

 

Superman, tree houses, and sibling rivalries: Is this how we define childhood today?  What is the role of play? What should be taught in schools?  What effect do family dynamics have on a child’s development? This course explores issues of childhood and what is means to be a kid today. Possible areas of research include super heroes as a role models, gender-neutral toys, biracial identity, video games, and censorship of books in schools. Let’s be kids again.

 

COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

201:201:P1 02544         TTH4 (1:40 – 3)                 LSH-B110 LIV                     INSTRUCTOR: J. FLYNN

 

This course focuses on graphic narrative of all kinds. Students will have the opportunity to explore topics related to comics art, from superheroes to manga, DC to Dark Horse, and Kirby to Bechdel. Through this course, you can investigate everything from what makes something a comic to how the industry is run.  Possible research topics include women in comics, comics marketing, differences among Japanese, European, and American comics, and the iconic nature of superheroes.

  

FILM

355:201:P2 10514         TTH4 (1:40 – 3)                 BE-221 LIV                            INSTRUCTOR: G. SCHROEPFER

 

E.T. The dance of death at sunset. Gangsters, hangovers, and martial arts.   A slum dog millionaire. Perhaps no other art form in the last century has left an impact on culture the way that film has. Through the images on screen, audiences engage in their hopes and fears, find their heroes, and confront their demons. Hollywood, Bollywood, the indie, the foreign film, documentaries and animation--the categories that fall under the art form have left a lasting legacy on our imaginations. This course will explore the nature of film as an art form and look at its power to inspire and enchant. Students may write about the lasting influence of a particular film, a director, or the significance of a genre.

 

TECHNOLOGY

355:201:P3 04156         TTH4 (1:40 – 3)                 TIL-209 LIV                         INSTRUCTOR: J. ROBBINS

 

Technology sells the promise of doing more and more for us: one million apps and counting; drugs for all problems; TV on demand; self-driving cars; 3D printing; Internet in your glasses; etc. Yet side-by-side with state of the art tech, we find mounting chaos in the United States: government gridlock; epidemic obesity; environmental degradation; privacy invasions; economic stagnation; debt crises, etc. This course offers students the opportunity to read and analyze research that may help connect the dots between the promise and the chaos, to step backstage and ask: Does technical progress really equal human progress? Or is the

rising technical order at the expense of human/environmental chaos? Or both? NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON BUSCH CAMPUS.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES

355:201:P4 13836         TTH4 (1:40 – 3)                 TIL-251 LIV               INSTRUCTOR: K. WILFORD

 

Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention, and development of policies that help make the home, workplace and public sphere safe. This course allows the student to research the intersection of health concerns with many other disciplines – public policy, psychology, history, sociology and science. The choices for research papers range from family planning to studying infectious disease outbreaks to biochemical terrorist attacks. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON COLLEGE AVENUE CAMPUS.

 

POLITICS AND THE PUBLIC SPHERE

355:201:P7 09386         TTH5 (3:20 – 4:40)         LSH-B110 LIV                     INSTRUCTOR: S. SYREK

 

According to Aristotle, "man is a political animal." This insight into how we fully become ourselves only in relation to others has been at the heart of that nebulous subject known as politics for millennia. How should we relate to others? What responsibilities do we have toward the collective, political entity called the "state" and what rights should the state guarantee us in return? What is the difference between domestic politics and foreign relations? And how has our politics come to accommodate not just men, and not just dominant social groups, but all people who aspire to become fully themselves as political animals? This course will consider the ongoing challenges of politics as part of the ongoing challenge of communication among constituencies with different histories, identities, and interests who come together to form a society for collective benefit and negotiate how that society will function. We will investigate political discourse, the influence of ideology, and the roles of individual people in the larger, public sphere.

 

Douglass/Cook

 

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

355:201:25 13290         W2 (10:55 – 12:15)         HCK-207 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: T. BENDER

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

 

"A child's story which is enjoyed only by a child is a bad child's story. The good ones last." So said C.S. Lewis, referring to children’s books standing the test of time. But can children’s books stand the test of place as well? Against a theoretical background of Tony Watkins' piece, "Space, History and Culture: the Setting of Children's Literature," we will read stories for children from other lands, including The Baboon King by Anton Quintana, translated from Dutch and set in tribal East Africa; The Friends by Kazumi Yumoto, translated from Japanese and set in a Japanese city; The Clay Marble, by Minfong Ho, which is set in Cambodia during the Vietnam War; The Man From the Other Side by Uri Orlev, translated from Hebrew and set in Warsaw during the ghetto uprisings.  Possible research topics include examining how various cultural differences and values are reflected in international children’s stories of the student’s own choice.

  

EVERYDAY ETHICS

355:201:28 19763         TH3 (12:35 – 1:55)          HCK-207 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: N. NEMMARA

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

 

From the big issues like abortion, sexuality, suicide, euthanasia, punishment, war, and famine to the small actions taken on a daily basis, human beings are constantly confronted with the tricky business of morality. In this course, we will examine scholarly debates over ethics and moral obligations in various areas of life, and you will become an expert on a small slice of this domain as you conduct your own research. During the semester, you will have the opportunity to sort out in a rigorous fashion debates about right and wrong, where humans’ moral obligations lie, and why you think that is.

  

THE ENVIRONMENT

355:201:30 04418         TTH4 (2:15 – 3:35)         HCK-130 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: N. CHOWDHURY

 

Have you heard that by the year 2050 Alaska will no longer have polar bears?  Did you know that Glacier National Park will soon become a park without glaciers?  Did you know that elephants are "cracking up"?  Have you ever considered how Thoreau changed the face of environmental writing, or how Rachel Carson started the environmental movement with her book Silent Spring?  In this course students will explore all things environmental: economics, science, technology, ecology, politics, policy, practice, activism, international relations, energy, and art.


SURVIVAL

355:201:S2 00208         MTH2 (10:55 – 12:15)                    HCK-131 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: J. LOEB

 

At one point during his catastrophic 1913 Polar Expedition, explorer Douglass Mawson stood 100 miles from base camp.  He had just buried his friend in the Antarctic ice; his dogs were dead, he was sick and snow-blind.   Only then did he discover that his rotted and frostbitten soles had become detached from his feet.  Alone in the frigid wasteland, Mawson strapped his soles back onto his feet…  and kept going.   Truly, it is astonishing what human beings can endure.  Faced with desperate odds, raging cataclysm, or heartbreaking loss, we somehow manage to survive the most devastating of life’s traumas and challenges.  How?  How, rather than sink into terror or despair, does the human spirit find the capacity to survive, to endure, and to heal?  Students are invited to explore this question in a way that fascinates or inspires them.  Topics might include but are not limited to: wartime experience; emotional/physical abuse; personal loss or tragedy; perseverance and career comebacks; psychosocial and spiritual factors, etc.  

 

MOTIVATION AND SUCCESS

355:201:S3 11969         MTH2 (10:55 – 12:15)                    HCK-115 D/C     INSTRUCTOR: J. MESSINA

 

This course explores the science of motivation and the psychology of success. Research topics may include topics related to developmental psychology, social psychology, personality psychology, theories about motivation and achievement, intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation, self-control and self-regulation. We will examine the work of Carol Dweck, Tony Wagner and Daniel Pink, among others, to help students develop their own research projects.

 

CREATIVITY

355:201:S4 13291         MTH3 (12:35 – 1:55)     HCK-209 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: J. MESSINA

 

Exploring creativity! Where does it come from—the cosmos, the muses, our DNA? Do creative people think outside the “box?” What is the “box?” How do we break through to our innate originality and live it rather than conceal it in order to fit in?  Are imagination, innovation, and inspiration the exclusive domain of the arts and sciences, or essential components for enriching our lives as well as our diverse profession?  Those are some of the issues we’ll investigate.  Research topics to consider include: creative ability and autism; effects of drugs on creative output; advertising and creative persuasion; the dark side and curse of creativity; left-handedness; the use of the Golden Mean—the mysterious number employed to establish order and beauty in art.  Ultimately, you’re free to follow your inspiration to discover other related topics.

 

MODERN FAMILY

355:201:S5 11651            MTH3 (12:35 – 1:55)     HCK-117                                 INSTRUCTOR: R. MUSAT

 

Americans are now living in families that come in many more varieties than the stereotypical 1950s nuclear family.  Millions of families are structured around same-sex marriage, unwed parents, adoption, divorce, remarriage, intergenerational living, and so on.  Individual research projects will address various topics under the large umbrella of “modern family”:  step families; military families; extended family; abuse within families; single-parent families; stay-at-home fathers; cultural representations of family, etc. Bring your individual interests and explore!

 

THE ETHICS OF FOOD

355:201:S6 11785         MW4 (2:15 – 3:35)           HCK-114 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: T. BENDER

 

"Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food," Michael Pollan advised in his bestselling book, In Defense of Food. In our busy contemporary society, we cram down French fries that don't grow mold if we forget to eat them for a month; foot long sandwiches stuffed with processed meats; fizzy drinks of a dazzling array of colors. This course will explore the ethics of food, in terms of its production and distribution. Possible topics of research include an investigation of the ethics of the fast food industry, genetically modified foods, factory farms, agribusinesses, organic foods, food waste, and the recent increase in interest for local produce in farmers' markets, and rooftop farming in urban areas. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON LIVINGSTON CAMPUS.

 

TIME AFTER TIME

355:201:S8 07320         MW5 (3:55 – 5:15)           HCK-113 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: H. SWERDLOFF

 

What is time? For Plato, time was a "moving image of eternity." Isaac Newton conceived of time as an absolute flow, existing independently of all events and processes. To the Symbolists, time was all that was corrosive; time was death. British physicist, Julian Barbour, argues that time is merely an illusion. The truth is that at present, there is little consensus regarding an exact definition or even an adequate description of time. Our course takes its name from a groundbreaking study by noted scholar J.T. Fraser whose life's work focused on the notion that great insights are often gained by foregrounding a consideration of time in all disciplines. This class will offer students exciting opportunities for research in the broadest array of topics including, but not in any way limited to the psychology of time, biological time, time in the arts, the sociology of time, time in business, and the history of time.

 

PROPAGANDA AND POWER

355:201:T2 06749        TTH2 (10:55 – 12:15)                     HCK-126 D/C     INSTRUCTOR: A. ALTER

 

Jesuits first used the word propaganda in the 16th century as a response to the Protestant Reformation. They set out to reconvert all those who strayed from the Catholic fold and propagated the faith to new believers around the world. Until the early 20th century, something “propagated” was neither insidious nor underhanded, referring to the pride of making a product of exceptional quality.  World War I, however, changed all that, giving the word “propaganda” its modern meaning:  lies, especially lies told by your very own government. This course will begin by reading articles about the history of propaganda in film since World War I focusing on its unique possibilities in this medium. Students will then undertake a research project that examines fictional or non-fictional forms of propaganda, researching and examining its mission and context. 

 

MUSIC, EXPRESSION AND PERFORMANCE

355:201:T3 06480        TTH3 (12:35 – 1:55)      HCK-126 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: E. GARDNER

 

This is an exciting, collaborative course designed to accommodate serious and meaningful research on a wide variety of topics. These have included important projects about the influence and significance of musicians like Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and George Harrison; fusion in Jazz and World Music; protest music; music and racism; fan behavior; film scoring; file sharing; the creativity of amateur musicians; and even stage fright.  Accomplished musicians who can use their expertise to shape a research topic, and students who love music and want to explore a topic that they are interested in, are equally welcome!

 

JUSTICE IN POPULAR CULTURE

355:201:T6 13873        TTH4 (2:15 – 3:35)         HCK-209 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: M. OLTARZEWSKI

 

The Good Wife. Scandal. Pretty Little Liars. Serial. Orange is the New Black. This course will explore our culture's fascination with crime, law enforcement, and the justice system.  Students will discuss and research the glamorization of the pursuit of justice, and the link between law and entertainment as seen in novels and "true crime" literature, films, theater, television, and news media.  A wide variety of topics will be examined and analyzed, but students are encouraged to come to class with their own viewpoints on crime and punishment, as they have been presented in today's culture and throughout history.

 

TOPIC: FROM PRINT TO FILM

355:201:T7 16573        TTH3 (2:15 – 3:35)         HCK-204 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: L. HEALEY

 

You read the book; you saw the movie. Which did you prefer? What changed from print to film? In this course, you will research and write about the process of film adaptation. Your main project for the class will be a research paper based on the critical discussion surrounding a classic film of your choice, subject to instructor approval.

 

MUSIC AND DANCE

355:201:U4 10310        TTH5 (3:55 – 5:15)         HCK-213 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR:  E. GARDNER

 

Music and Dance explores a range of collaborative possibilities between musicians, dancers and choreographers. We seek to understand how artists work together to create performances and how music and dance affect us individually and culturally. This rich topic is ideal for dance and music majors interested in an opportunity to build on their expertise and knowledge, but a background in the arts is not essential, and there is no requirement to write about both music and dance in individual research papers. Possible research topics include specific dance forms and the iconic artists associated with them; music and dance in film, on Broadway and in smaller, more rarified venues; gender in dance and music; commercialism and its effect on the arts; anorexia and body image; dance and music therapy etc.

 

MYTHOLOGY, FOLKLORE, AND FAIRY TALES

355:201:U6 09372        TTH6 (5:35 – 6:55)         HCK-127 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: M. CINNIRELLA

 

Myths, folklore and fairy tales persist and evolve across generations and cultures and their variations have profoundly different effects on the human psyche.  What we know as “Beauty and the Beast” has also been “The Pig King,” “The Frog King,” and “The Tiger’s Bride” as the story has changed to satisfy the needs of the culture at a given time.  How do the issues addressed in such stories influence people’s experience of the world?  Can their enchantments give readers the power to find meaning by evoking cultural experiences of the past or providing a collective cultural awareness?  How do changes in stories over time help explain shifts in social norms? Possible research topics include the history of particular stories, the cultural significance of the values presented in the stories, escapism through storytelling, and more.

 

ONLINE

NUTRITION AND EXERCISE SCIENCE

355:201:90 13787                                             By Arrangement                                 INSTRUCTOR: SRINIVASAN, M.

This Is An Online Course That Requires A $100 Online Course Support Fee

 

This course gives students an opportunity to research nutrition and exercise strategies for optimal wellness.  Research options include topics such as training techniques; sports pedagogy; training and diet for athletes; diet and/or exercise as treatment for or prevention of disease; nutrition and exercise for pregnant women; childhood obesity; occupational therapy; physical therapy; sports medicine; weight management; eating disorders; food insecurity; etc.

 

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The Program in American Language Studies (PALS) provides superior English language instruction to non-native English speakers for academic, professional, business, and social/acculturation purposes.

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Rutgers University’s Writing Program Institute supports middle school and high school teachers and administrators through on-site professional development, outreach programs, and on campus workshops..

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